Posts Tagged ‘The Curious Expedition’

Wot I Think: The Curious Expedition

The Curious Expedition [official site] is a turn-based game of exploration and exploitation in which you control one of several historical characters, wandering the world in search of fame and fortune. After a long trek through the wildlands of Early Access, it has emerged as a complete game today. But does it belong in a museum or should it have been left to rot in the ground? Here’s wot I think.

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2016’s Most Promising RPGs

We’re almost half-way through the year, and it’s not been a bad one. The finale of The Witcher 3. Dark Souls III, for those players who consider it an RPG. A couple of late-arrivals, like Dragon’s Dogma. But as the nights again start to draw darker, what’s up next? Here’s some of the big quests still promised for 2016. As ever, don’t be too surprised to see a few more jump from A to B.

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Full Steam Ahead For The Curious Expedition

In the six months since I wrote about The Curious Expedition [official site], a great deal has changed. The shiny new trailer below shows some of those changes, including dicey combat, a world map, yawning great chasms that swallow expeditions whole, and a victory screen. It’s possible that the victory screen was in the build I played last year but I certainly never saw it. I was too busy pondering the strange appeal of cannibalism and befriending a donkey.

The latest version is now available via Steam Early Access as well as direct from the devs.

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Get Lost: Curious Expedition Free Weekend

Curious Expedition [official site] is a wonderful thing. Taking on the role of a famous explorer/thinker, you’ll lead a team of adventurers across randomised plots of land, packed with wonders to discover, dangers to overcome and volcanoes to tinker with. You will watch in horror as your allies resort to cannibalism and you’ll celebrate as you discover salvation when supplies and sanity are running low. You’ll also weep as you eat a donkey.

I’ve written about my own experiences and this weekend you can try the game yourself, for free. It runs in your browser so you won’t even have to download anything. Cancel your evening plans and settle down for adventure.

Hands On: The Curious Expedition

The Curious Expedition is a breezy, bright and endearing game about small groups of explorers who head into the unknown to seek golden pyramids and other wonders, natural and man-made. There have been comparisons to FTL, which are understandable but not entirely appropriate. While many of the same elements are included – a journey, a ‘crew’, permadeath, limited resources, randomisation, emergent narrative from minimalist components – but the machine for which those elements are fuel is quite different. Happily, one area in which a direct comparison can be made is quality.

I’ve been playing the alpha and having a splendid time.

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Marie Curie Won’t Eat Her Meat: The Curious Expedition

My first few moments with The Curious Expedition were almost misleadingly delightful. Set in the 19th century, I was told to pick from a selection of charming pixel renderings of historical figures and dropped into the world, with the only stated goal of exploring the strange new randomly generated land I had found myself in. It was welcoming, colourful, and hiding a whole host of things that wanted to kill me.

After almost two years of development, The Curious Expedition is entering paid alpha on November 27th at $12 (£7.50). Developers Maschinen-Mensch gave me a little early look, so I’m going to tell you how I felt about my first trek through the jungle as Marie Curie.

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Expedite This: The Curious Expedition Teaser Trailer

One of my favourite books is Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky’s study of “fifty islands I have not visited and never will.” Each spread has a clean hand-drawn map on one page and a story about the island opposite. Some of the stories tell local myths, some are factual, but all are treated with the same significance. The result is a book filled with beautiful, often haunting stories of mutinies and shipwrecks, Soviet listening stations, unknown diseases, and dangerous expeditions to the edges of the world.

The Curious Expedition seems considerably lighter in tone, less filled with sehnsucht for lives not lived, but it does spark in this brief trailer below some similar sense of adventure, of visiting far away lands, of probably unintentionally destroying those far away lands. I am looking forward to this videogame – a “roguelike expedition simulation set in the 19th century.”

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